The ceremony moved to Hay for the first time and caused at least one commentator to mutter about the costs of getting there compared to going to London. As always it depends on your starting point. Not everyone lives within easy reach of London and I'm sure there is a strong argument for the Award to take place in different parts of the country. Whether Hay is the right place remains a moot point.
The overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award was Rick Riordan with "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief published, as were all the other winners, by Puffin. Books for Younger Children category was won by "Pigs might Fly!" by Jonathan Emmett and Steve Cox and the Book for Younger Readers was won by "Spy Dog" by Andrew Cope.
The prize was founded in 1980 by Carousel editor and contributor Pat Thomson who is a well-known author in her own right. It is run by the Federation of Children's Book Groups and involves children right across the country in the judging process.